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Go for the Gold with Home Design Trends Inspired by Rio 2016

Last Updated on January 6, 2020

Eyes from all around the world will be focused on Rio de Janeiro this summer as the Brazilian city will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, beginning August 5. Amidst the excitement of this global sporting event comes the revelation of the country’s dynamic culture and history. This month, in honor of the games, we will feature a snapshot of exotic Brazilian home design trends and show you how to “go for the gold” by adding a touch of this alluring flavor to your home.

Bold colors, patterns and textures combine to create home décor that is psychedelic and chic. Below are some home design trends to inspire your eclectic side:

  • Jungle Themes: Exotic jungle themes may seem a bit overpowering, but embracing their bold colors and busy patterns can be a fun way to add a touch of the islands to your décor. This year, designers are expecting to see color clashes and vibrant patterns to coincide with this strong seasonal look. The use of bright greens and bold colors like orange, red and purple to resemble the forest’s flora and fauna is a great way to accessorize the look. To easily add a touch of exotica to your home, try placing live potted palm trees in the room. Or, add brightly colored accent pillows to your couch, chairs or bed. A striking area rug is also an easy way to pull the theme together and can create a jungle vibe to the space. Brightly colored vases, candles or dishes can also help to accentuate the space. A patio or deck space is another perfect spot to try a design theme like this.

    Potted palm trees, wood accents and bright accent colors
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  • Folk Flair: Painted furniture, floral cushions and tribal prints add up to a bohemian vibe that is fun and unexpected. Either choose one room and go all out, or pepper the look throughout your home to switch up the season and bring a renewed spirit to your space. This piece of furniture combines bold colors and patterns to create a statement that other accent pieces can be built around.

    brazillian folk patterned cabinet
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  • Repurposing: Brazilians have a flair for turning common household items into fun and purposeful furniture and accessories. Adding a unique statement piece to any room sparks conversation and can give your home a creative edge. These skateboard stools and hanging hat lamps are perfect examples of how to repurpose common items into functional décor or furniture pieces.
    Repurposed Skateboard Stools
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    Woven pendant light shades
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The design consultants from Granite Transformations can come to your home and help you construct a new design concept for your kitchen or bath using all of the products you love. Choose from gorgeous quartz, recycled glass, granite and mosaic tile to help your space come to life – and in a fraction of the time a traditional renovation would take. Find a Granite Transformations location near you and schedule your free in-home design consultation today.

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